Mt. Elbert is the highest peak in Colorado (14,443 ft), but is an "easy" climb with class 1 terrain up to the summit via the Northeast Ridge route. http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=elbe1&peak=Mt.+Elbert .
I hope you're all getting excited, I think it's going to be a great weekend! We'll plan on meeting at the Wooly Mammoth lot, carpooling and driving to Leadville Saturday afternoon at 3:30 P.M. (it's a little over 2 hours to drive there, we can change this departure time if needed), camping Saturday night near the trailhead, and climbing Sunday morning. I think a 4:30 AM start will give us plenty of time to summit and descend before storms roll in (and hopefully give us an awesome look at the sunrise). All participants are responsible for their own well-being and safety, and must be physically, mentally, and gear-fully prepared.
Everyone should come prepared with the following:
Water (at least 2L for hiking, more if you're camping the night before)
Food (dinner for if you're camping, breakfast, snacks for the hike)
Fleece or Wind-Block jacket
Nylon shorts orhiking pants
Hiking boots / scrambling shoes
Knife or multi-tool
TP (in ziploc bag)
Charged cell phone
Emergency supplies (I'll bring a first aid kit, please bring one if you have one, it's better to be overprepared!)
Maps (I'll bring a guidebook, the trail is well-marked)
Everyone camping should bring:
I'm a believer in sleeping under the stars unless there are lots of bugs and/or it's raining or going to rain, but to each their own!
If you've read this far and you're still planning on going, please comment with:
• If you'll be joining us Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon
• If you have a 4WD mid-clearance vehicle that you would be willing to drive and how many people you can take. I think it's fair for people to pitch a little for gas, this can be worked out with drivers.
• If you have a tent you'd like to bring, and how many people it sleeps
• If anything's missing from the list
Information about the road to the trailhead can be found here: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/trailheads2.php?thparm=sw03
Sorry for the overload of information, I just want to make sure we're all well-prepared. Let me know if you have any questions!